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“Today’s Native Leaders” training for Native youth set for Spokane, Washington

Free training offered for up to 120 youth!

Today's Native LeadersMesa, AZ—Free leadership training for up to 120 American Indian youth is available on a first come first serve basis from November 6-8, 2015 in Spokane, Washington. United National Indian Tribal Youth, also known as UNITY, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is hosting the “Today’s Native Leaders” (TNL) youth leadership event at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. 

This TNL training focuses on culturally relevant leadership development and will include:

View Video News Segment from the 2015 National UNITY Conference

The following video originated from the National UNITY Conference site in Washington, DC on Friday, July 10, 2015. The video provides a conference update, a brief history of the organization, a summary of recent events, and information about how to get involved.

View Conference and White House Tribal Youth Gathering Videos

The following is a video recap of the National UNITY Conference events of Saturday July 11, 2015.

You may also be interested in viewing three additional recaps of the White House Tribal Youth Gathering and National UNITY Conference daily events. Click on the following links to view them on YouTube. 

The Numbers Are In: National UNITY Conference Breaks Attendance Record

1,800 attendees represented more than 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveled from 40 states, New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada

Youth Gather at the UNITY FireJuly 27, 2015 – Mesa, AZ – The nation’s oldest and largest Native American and Alaska Native youth organization, the United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY), held its 39th annual national conference July 10-14, 2015 in Washington DC with a record breaking turnout, the largest participation in its conference history. More than 1,800 attendees converged at the nation's Capital representing over 200 tribes and Indigenous communities; traveling from more than 40 states and internationally from New Zealand, Taiwan and Canada. Participants at the annual youth and leadership-focused conference were immersed into a five-day agenda that included: internationally renowned speakers and trainers; physical fitness activities led by Nike N7; and youth-led discussions and initiatives.

Read more: The Numbers Are In: National UNITY Conference Breaks Attendance Record

Native Americans preach UNITY in DC

The following story appeared in The Durango Herald on July 12, 2015. Visit the Herald's website HERE to read the rest of the story.

The Durango Herald StoryWASHINGTON: More than 1,500 Native American youths from 275 tribes and 48 states across the country converged last week at the Renaissance hotel in Washington for the 2015 United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) conference, which will continue through Tuesday.

Against a somber backdrop of rising rates of Native American youth suicides, first lady Michelle Obama hosted the White House event and delivered the keynote address. For many, the highlight of the trip had already come and gone with her speech.

“Whether it’s raising a beautiful family or taking on leadership in your community, we need you,” Obama said, her voice cracking slightly as she told the gathering they all have a destiny and a role to play.